The Mercy Box Project is reaching its end as the collected items were being assembled into blessing bags today.
Volunteers gathered at Shiloh Christian School to sort through the items and pack blessing bags. The bags are then kept by the volunteers to hand out when they see a homeless person. A blessing bag is a two-gallon bag that includes a guide chart to help the recipient find local shelters and food pantries, they are also loaded with food and personal items.
"This year alone, in our state, over ten thousand people are expected to experience homelessness. So, it is such a huge need to be able to care for people who are hurting in our communities," said Emily Dalzell, the Director of Communications and Development at the ND Coalition for Homeless People.
Senator John Hoeven and Miss North Dakota were also in attendance at the event.